Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Knitting Class 101

In knitting class, the very first rule that should be taught is to use a life line.

Well, okay, maybe the first lesson should be about gauge, but the second lesson should be to always use a life line when knitting lace.

1966 film, born free about lions, one named Elsa
Born Free
Specially when you're attempting to knit lace while balling your eyes out because you're watching Born Free.

Goodness gracious!  I'd forgotten how much this childhood favorite makes me cry.  And how badly I want a pet lion.

I really, really want a pet lion.

Max looks sort of like a lion, and he's almost as big as a lion.  But he's just not Elsa.  I want an Elsa.

Meanwhile, I'm spending today attempting to correct last night's disastrous lace screw-up/multiple stitch dropping fiasco.

Maybe the first lesson in knitting should simply be, don't watch sad movies while knitting lace.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On the knitting needles

Today on my knitting needles is of course, the pi shawl.  Still.

Knitting a pi shawl and several hats while sick with the flu & binge watching Bloodlines on Netflix.
The pi shawl will probably still be on my needles when I die.  Or so it feels.  It's been six days since I knit the last increase & brought the stitch count up to 576 stitches per round.  Six days & I've managed to knit eight rounds.  Only 32 more to go.  And that's 32 rows before the outer edge border starts.  I'll definitely be dead before this shawl is finished.

I may even be dead from old age rather than this illness the entire family has.  Oh my gosh, we're all in bad shape.  It feels like a cross between bronchitis, the flu & pneumonia.  And maybe even rabies.  I don't know how rabies feels, but it can't be any worse than this.  And the whole family has it, except the son.  Knock on wood & say a prayer for the son.  He's the only one capable of walking upright at the moment.  Meanwhile the rest of us are hacking up our lungs, near tears from the head, sinus & ear aches, we can't swallow and I have so much snot in my head it's affecting my vision.  Yesterday, I fell asleep in the middle of a tweet and last night, my poor husband had the chills so bad I thought he was having convulsions.  In other words, we're pretty miserable at the moment.  All I can say is, we're making the Mucinex stock owners very rich.

On a more positive note, I was able to knit the brown hat in the photo above & started the blue one while binge watching Bloodlines on Netflix.  Bloodlines is a most excellent show & if you haven't watched it, do.  I may be partial to it because it takes place in the Florida Keys and so much of the scenery was recognizable.  In fact, I'm fairly certain one of the big scenes was shot on the beach where I had my infamous wind surfing accident.  If you haven't watched it, give it a try.  The story line was good, although I'll admit, the flashbacks everyone has were a little confusing at first.  But it is a good story and the scenery is gorgeous.  And even though I only 'lived' there for a few weeks at a time over the course of five or six years, the show made me homesick for the Keys.  As soon as I can stop coughing long enough to crawl to my car, I'm going back.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Hats - Bratach

Today's featured Sunday Hats pattern is Bratach, designed by Alasdair Post-Quinn.

Double knitting hat pattern from Etsy and Extreme Double Knitting.
Bratach by Cooperative Press
Isn't it beautiful?  I love the way the edge of the brim is wavy.  It's also double knit which makes it double sided with the opposite color way on the inside.  It's like having two hats in one!  What's not to like about that?

The pattern comes from the book, Extreme Double Knitting.  If you aren't sure you like double knitting, or for what ever reason don't want to invest the $16.95 for the book, the single pattern can be purchased from Cooperative Press on Etsy.

Bratach is knit with worsted weight yarn at a gauge of six stitches to the inch.  And that means, it's not only a beautiful hat, but the knitting should go fairly quickly and it ought to be an extremely warm hat.  Go check it out and get busy knitting.  You know this hat would make an excellent Christmas gift and Christmas is only nine months away. And that means, you've got time to knit one for everyone on your list.  No excuses!

Friday, March 27, 2015

It should be legal

It should be legal to do bodily harm to a spouse who brings icky germs home & spreads them all over the house.  Just saying.

icky sickness, flu
I feel like Lurch from the Adams Family.  Uuuuuggh!

There really isn't anything else to report.  I did knit the increase row on the Elizabeth Zimmermann pi shawl.  And I've knit a few rows on Indian Feathers.  And I've attempted to breathe.  That's all I've accomplished over the past 36 hours.  Well, that and pray to the Mucinex gods.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TBT - Sisters

I have the best big sister!

TBT, Throwback thursday, 1965
Sisters, 1965
As a kid, I worshipped her.   She was always happy to play with me.  Being ten years older, she willingly passed her dolls down to me.  As I grew, she taught me about music.  I was listening to Three Dog Night & The Rolling Stones when my peers were listening to Donnie Osmond.  She not so willingly allowed me to play in her makeup, but she didn't kill me for making a mess of it and that's what's important.  She shared her boy friends, and by that, I mean she allowed me to sit beside them on the couch and talk to them.  And they talked to me and one or two even let me tag along on dates.  They were the coolest!  She took me to my first real concert, Sonny & Cher.  She let me be in her wedding and afterwards, her wedding party took me bar hopping.  I was 12.  They were THE coolest!  And now that we are both getting on up there in years, she gets to have those big "_0" decade birthdays ten years before me.  She is the best sister ever!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The joy of knitting pi

The pi shawl is progressing.  Slowly.

An Elizabeth Zimmermann lace pi shawl knit with Tanis Fiber Arts Pink Label lace yarn.
Pi shawl 3/25/15
 Seven more rows and I increase again.  Increase up to 576 stitches per round.

Tanis Fiber Arts Pink Label lace weight yarn knit into a simple EZ pi shawl
Pi Shawl knit with Tanis Fiber Arts Pink Label
And I thought my progress has been slow up to this point.  Just wait for the slug crawl of 576 stitches per round.  Oh, the joys of knitting pi.

Another joy of this shawl... picking the dog hair out of it.  I dropped it on the floor & Max promptly rolled over onto it.  And it's that time of year when Max sheds about three pounds of hair a day.  Oh, the joys....

A simple lacy Elizabeth Zimmermann pi shawl knit with Tanis Fiber Arts Pink Label
Coffee and pi
It will be worth it in the end though.  Know why?  Because look!  Look how well my pi matches my favorite coffee cup.  Five or six years from now when this bad boy shawl is finished, I'll be so freaking stylish & matchy-matchy wearing my pi & drinking my coffee.

Monday, March 23, 2015

On the knitting needles 3/23/15

Just a quick post to show what I'm knitting today.

A slouchy beanie for spring and summer, perfect for dreadlocks. Lacy hat.
Teal Slouchy Tam
It's a lacy, slouchy tam/beanie and perfect for wearing with dreadlocks in the summer.  I'm knitting it with Heartland from Lion Brand.  I'd bought several skeins from Walmart during one of those overwhelming 'MUST buy yarn!' urges while grocery shopping a while back.  I'd intended to knit a scarf but, honestly, I just don't enjoy knitting with acrylic yarn.  It just never feels good in my hands and the thought of knitting a whole acrylic scarf was too painful so... a hat.  I may not enjoy the feel of acrylic yarn sliding through my fingers as I knit, but I do like the feel of the knitted fabric on this hat.  It's the perfect weight and drape.

And speaking of this hat...

Slouchy beanie for dreadlocks in summer & spring. Lacy tam or hat.
Yellow Slouchy Tam
I really do like this pattern.  Actually, I shouldn't call it a pattern, it's just some notes scribbled in my knitting journal.  I received a catalog for infant clothing the other day.  Why, I have no idea.  Specially since my youngest 'baby' is 18.  Anyway.... Since I can't resist looking at catalogs, no matter what their content, I glanced through the infant clothing catalog & spied an adorable crocheted lacy skull cap for babies.  I decided to recreate it and ended up with the yellow slouchy hat instead of a tight little skull cap.  But that's okay.  I really like this style.  And if I ever decide to go for dreadlocks, I'll already have a hat.